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The United Auto Workers (UAW) union launched simultaneous strikes at three General Motors, Ford and Stellantis factories on Friday (15 September), reportedly beginning the most ambitious US industrial labour action in decades.
This is the first time in history that all three US automakers are contending with UAW strikes and it could cost the US economy billions.
BREAKING: United Auto Workers (UAW) threaten to expand strike, according to WSJ.— The Kobeissi Letter (@KobeissiLetter) September 19, 2023
4 days after workers at Ford, Stellantis, and GM went on strike, strikers are threatening to expand.
Currently, 13,000 out of 144,000 UAW workers are on strike.
A strike by the entire UAW would… pic.twitter.com/CfmT1KvMm6
Bernie Sanders highlights some of the main reasons – in his view – for the strike, emphasising CEO versus worker pay and the future of automotive manufacturing.
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If new technology makes us a more productive society, the benefits should go to the workers – not just to those on top. pic.twitter.com/MnAsvV7aNk— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) September 19, 2023
Strikes are happening at three US plants but there is potential for it to spread further.
The United Automobile Workers union began a strike last Friday against one plant at each of the Big Three U.S. automakers. It has the potential to have a ripple effect on the nation’s automotive supply chain. https://t.co/pfpXYR2Fuj pic.twitter.com/eiuvBS9ajR— The New York Times (@nytimes) September 21, 2023
The UK government confirmed it will move back the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by five years to 2035. Andrew Marr provided a strong overview on the delay.
‘He has found a target to attack and people to defend.’— LBC (@LBC) September 20, 2023
‘However you cut this, it’s a prime minister giving up on hard green targets.’@AndrewMarr9 gives an overview of Rishi Sunak’s net-zero u-turn. pic.twitter.com/2Nz8ubc7UL
There was some criticism of the move, including from ex-UK prime minister Boris Johnson – whose administration brought in the original 2030 timeline.
"Sir Lindsay Hoyle is furious Mr Sunak is making this announcement the day after parliament broke up for the party conference recess".— Sky News (@SkyNews) September 20, 2023
Sky's @joncraig reports from Downing St, ahead of the PM's speech on his net zero ambitions 👇https://t.co/uqaSzSOCRi
📺 Sky 501, Virgin 602 pic.twitter.com/smqJJ57LKE
While Toyota said the delay is ‘welcome’, Ford had a rather different view.
Angry statement from car company Ford UK pic.twitter.com/N1HqQrtfi5— Sam Coates Sky (@SamCoatesSky) September 20, 2023
With Elon Musk prepared to announce the next location for a Tesla gigafactory by the end of this year, Turkey president Tayyip Erdogan attempted to woo the Tesla CEO. However, did Musk’s son Lil X steal the show?
Tayyip Erdogan asked Elon Musk to build a Tesla factory in Turkey in a meeting in New York. This comes after Musk said in May that Tesla would probably pick a location for a new factory by the end of this year https://t.co/glT2MptZQg pic.twitter.com/gmo48E75K0— Reuters (@Reuters) September 18, 2023
Musk also rubbished a Wall Street Journal article on possible talks between Saudi Arabia and Tesla for the new gigafactory.
Yet another utterly false article from WSJ pic.twitter.com/sisFcxYKxI— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 18, 2023
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